I began with low recording levels. I’ve since acquired a Cloud Lifter that solves this original problem, but still have a bunch of audio that I need to prep for an audio book.
Here’s what I’ve done to the audio:
Noise reduction (12, 2.00, 3)
Manually removed noise between speech
For some reason when I try to apply Compressor, the levels hit the roof in the higher peaks.
My question is: where should I go from here? I want to level out the volume, as some parts are too low, and some too high…
Thanks for any help!
Rode Procaster mic (with pop filter)
Sony MDR-V6 headphones
Windows 10, Vaio laptop
Host: windows direct sound
Playback device: Focusrite USB (Focusrite USB Audio)
Recording device: Focusrite USB (Focusrite USB Audio)
Channels: 1 (mono)
Default sample rate: 44100 Hz
Default sample format: 32-bit float
December 22, 2016, 4:13pm
You mean with Audacity’s compressor?
What settings are you using?
Don’t use the Leveler effect unless you want to add a distortion effect.
It’s generally best to use compression effects on audio that has been normalized to 0 dB.
The “based on Peak” settings in the Audacity Compressor gives “upward compression” (evens the level upward toward 0 dB), so you will probably want to Amplify the track back down to a lower level after applying the Compressor effect.
Yes I am using Audacity’s compressor…no matter what my settings, some peaks end up hitting the ceiling. Is this okay?
Seems to be working, thanks!
I also tried this before your last post:
Compressor (-20, -40)
…and the results look like a mirror of your instructions.
(both pass ACX!)
Will either work?